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    Two iterations of the Galaxy A series has brought some big specification bumps and some major edits as to what we should think of as an "mid-range" phone at a "mid-range" price. At the same time, though, there are several Chinese competitors we should also thank. We also observe that Samsung's entry-level projects have ...

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    Both the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy S5 Active on AT&T have gotten their Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates this weekend. The build is MMB29M and has the August 1 security patch level. The OTA weighs in at just a tad over 900MB for the S5 Active and about 945MB — give or take — for the regular Galaxy S5. About a ...

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    It's time to talk about Frank Ocean. As much as we've been putting it off, the release of "Blonde" (or "Blond" if you take it from the album art) has posed several challenges to the music and streaming industry. For one, Ocean broke off ties with Universal Music Group's Def Jam label after supposedly fulfilling his ...

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    OnePlus may have been right after all, as Obi Wan would say, “…from a certain point of view.” When OnePlus started playing this game we call “making smartphones” it billed its first device a “flagship killer”. Now, I’m not saying that the OnePlus One killed the flagship – far from it. But the OnePlus ...

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    Words from Samsung executives teasing the media about a "possible," "potential," "may or may not happen" Galaxy Note 7 in China with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage have fallen through. At least, for now. Samsung opened up pre-orders today for the Galaxy Note 7. Like everyone else's, it has 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage ...

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    There's another Snapdragon 820 device from HTC just beginning to make the rounds on GFXBench. We already think that the Nexus devices will get Android 7.1 before they launch, though. So, what's this thing with Android 6.0.1? Perhaps the Desire 10 Pro? It seems like it. It  has all the typical trimmings: 4GB of RAM, ...

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    Maybe to better appreciate the software support efforts of a few unjustly criticized Android device manufacturers, false alarms like the one issued in Netherlands earlier this week are needed. It turns out Samsung never planned to leave the summer 2014-released high-end Galaxy Tab S stranded on a desert Lollipop island, ...

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    Exactly one year after the IFA-hosted launch of the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 and Tab 3 Pro, the Android-powered multimode slate lineup is most likely due for a hardware and software refresh at Berlin’s latest high-profile industrial exhibition. Fortunately, this is shaping up to be a single piece of a much more complex ...

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    We've got a mega show for you this week, running down our favorite spoilers before we ship off to Berlin for IFA. We're getting a better look at what could be the LG V20,  and let's have a chat about Apple's responses to warranty issues... These stories plus answering questions from the Pocketnow mailbag! Make sure ...

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    While we expect everyone from Samsung to Huawei, Lenovo, Sony, ZTE, Asus and Acer to precede their IFA 2016 product demos with official announcements in the days leading up to the trade show’s actual start, Archos went a little overboard in its attempt to stand out all alone in the spotlight. Then again, this is the ...

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    Verizon may want to take a page from EE’s playbook, as its UK-leading wireless service provider counterpart doesn’t seem to know the meaning of the expression “resting on one’s laurels.” In addition to not ruining the out-the-box Galaxy Note 7 user experience, EE today inaugurates a unique Apple Music offer to ...

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    Nobody likes pre-loaded bloatware on their Android devices, especially when paying upwards of $400 for a high-end model, but some apps and services from Google, Microsoft or Facebook are so integral to a robust, smooth mobile user experience these days that very few people get annoyed at finding them installed by ...

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    While Android users tend to almost exclusively point the finger at the manufacturers of their devices or mobile carriers for delays in update deliveries or premature software support termination, there are actually a number of criteria a phone has to meet before getting an essential OS makeover. And sometimes, it’s ...

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    Well, that escalated quickly. Just 24 hours ago, we had no idea Sony was even planning an Xperia Z5 Compact sequel of sorts. Branded differently, of course, as the Z line reached its “culmination” a few months back. Now, not only do we have official confirmation from one of the company’s European divisions the ...

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    We're eating our hats. We bet the house on OnePlus's whole "V2" reveal today to be on another version of the OnePlus Icons. Turns out that those classy little things won't get replaced anytime soon. Instead, we'll have to think standard. Or re-think what comes standard. The OnePlus Bullets (V2) are replacing the $15 ...

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    The beloved, if design-maligned Nexus 5 is not unofficially dead just yet. Within a day of Google dropping the Android Nougat images for certain Nexus devices that aren't the Nexus 5, XDA developers have been figuring out a build for the fan favorite phone. One did so, though it's a rough edit — so rough that ...

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    If you're looking for something that'll work between Lantau Island, Aberdeen and the Lo Wu border crossing on the cheap, Motorola has a more sustainable option for you. The Moto E3 Power is now on sale in, of all places, the city of Hong Kong. If you're thinking that it looks like the Moto G4 Play, you'd certainly not ...

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    LG may get the first word in for putting out the first Android Nougat smartphone on September 6. But that's just word. Not phones in boxes being sent through a postal delivery system. Instead, the HTC-made Nexus devices — rumored to debut on October 4 — will actually ship first. That's the word according to Android ...

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    Sony pulled some premature jocularity on its Czech site in touting a couple of new phones before their times. One of the phones is the Xperia XZ, a phone which may end up being the Xperia XR or the F8331 phone we've been tracking for a while. Can't these branding folk let the Z go? The just-revealed Xperia X Compact is ...

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    iOS 9.3 may have done Apple's software reliability in for this quarter, at least according to Blancco Technology Group. The firm has been tracking device failure rates for some time now and this is the first quarter where iOS fails outgrew Android ones. How badly? Proportionally to each side, iPhones had a 58 percent ...

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    Well, that didn’t take long. Samsung globally launched the high-end Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones in four "standard" colors way back in March, then added pink gold (not rose gold) to the paint job selection just a month later, but only in Korea. Today, after an excruciating, seemingly hopeless waiting period, ...

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    With the already hugely successful Galaxy Note 7 unveiled early to get a head start on the iPhone 7 (or 6SE), LG feeling confident enough in the G5-similar sequel to the surprisingly popular V10 to give it its own special announcement event in San Francisco, and Apple of course not looking to share the spotlight with ...

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    We are reaching a point in technology where hardware is plateauing. Moreover, devices are getting better and better and staying viable for longer because of it. Last year’s phone is almost as good as this year’s phone. So, we find ourselves not very motivated to upgrade. This has been shown in smartphone buying ...

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    It’s never wise to assume a certain unreleased smartphone model will eventually see daylight just because it comes from a long line of beloved devices, especially when its makers are undergoing transitions, cutting expenses, and streamlining product portfolios. Still, even with the Xperia Z brand out the door, a ...

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    Can a discontinued 8 year-old little Symbian phone with a passé physical QWERTY keyboard technically be still considered a bribe? Probably not, since it would take a miracle for its 369 MHz ARM11 processor (remember those?) and 128MB RAM (yes, really) to even handle a basic Google search nowadays. In fact, outside of a ...

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